LOWELL -- On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Lowell Catholic will hold its 16th annual Bishop John R. McNamara Awards Gala at Lenzi's Millhouse in Dracut.
The gala began in honor of Bishop McNamara, who recognized the growth potential Lowell Catholic offers as the leader in secondary education in the city. Lowell Catholic's growth is now a reality, with the offering of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
In keeping with Bishop McNamara's wishes, all proceeds from the gala will directly benefit the students of Lowell Catholic via scholarships and financial aid. Nearly 60 percent of Lowell Catholic students receive some sort of financial-aid package or merit scholarship to help defray the cost of their educational expenses. Lowell Catholic strongly believes that a rich and vibrant education based on the foundation of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM), should be open and accessible for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, resulting in successful, well-rounded students.
Each year, the Lowell Catholic community and its supporters gather at the gala to honor those who generously contribute to Catholic education and the betterment of the Lowell community.
This year's Bishop McNamara Award recipients are Mark Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, an institution involved in more than 100 local charities, and Jack Sullivan, president of Gavin & Sullivan Architects, a loyal supporter of Lowell Catholic.
The Lowell Catholic Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to 1993 graduate Paul A. Hardy Jr., owner and director of Blake Funeral Home in Chelmsford.
Lowell Catholic will honor past traditions of St. Margaret School by presenting Danielle (Bergeron) McFadden, Class of 1997, with the Distinguished Graduate Award. McFadden is president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.
To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, visit www.lowellcatholic.org/bishop. For other questions, call Robbie Barnes, Senior Advancement Coordinator, at 978.452.1794, ext. 141, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.